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Margaret Campbell Barnes
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1 Oct 2009
Two princes battle to determine England's destiny: whoever wins will take Britain's most rightful heir as his bride and her kingdom for his own. On one side is her uncle Richard, the last Plantagenet King, whom she fears to be the murderer of her two brothers, the would-be kings. On the other is Henry Tudor, the exiled knight. Can he save her from a horrifying marriage to a cutthroat soldier? Thrust into the intrigue and drama of the War of the Roses, Elizabeth has a country within her grasp - if she can find the strength to unite a kingdom torn apart by a thirst for power. A richly drawn tale of the woman who launched one of the most dramatic dynasties England has ever seen, The Tudor Rose is a vibrant, imaginative look at the power of a queen.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402224680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402224683
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vivid picture of a courageous woman and a truly royal queen. --Baltimore Sun

SunThe latest of this author's portraits of England's royal ladies...as absorbing as its predecessors. --Booklist

SunThe latest of this author's portraits of England's royal ladies...as absorbing as its predecessors. --Booklist

SunThe latest of this author's portraits of England's royal ladies...as absorbing as its predecessors. --Booklist

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ROSE LIKE NO OTHER... 23 Aug 2010
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The War of the Roses between the House of Lancaster and the House of York came to an end with the crowning of Edward IV as King of England. He went on to marry Elizabeth Woodville, a beautiful widow but a commoner. Their marriage was never popular with either the common people or the nobility, as the greed of the Woodville clan knew no bounds. Still, Edward IV and his Queen would go on to have a beautiful and large family of four daughters and two sons. Elizabeth of York was the eldest, and this is her story.

Elizabeth led a life of privilege until the untimely death of her father. While her brother, Edward, was the heir apparent, he was still a young boy at the time of his father's death. He was to have been crowned King and a regency instituted, but at the eleventh hour, his uncle, Richard, brother of the late King, was declared the Protector of England. After placing Edward in the Tower, he persuaded Elizabeth Woodville, who had sought sanctuary with her children, to entrust Richard, her younger son and his namesake, to him. She did so, and never again did she see either of her sons again. Shortly thereafter, Richard was crowned King of England, having declared his brother's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville invalid and, consequently, their children bastards.

Eventually Elizabeth of York, her mother, and her sisters left sanctuary and went to live in the royal household of King Richard III. Political intrigues were to plague the reign of Richard III. Always at the heart of the discord was the mystery of what had happened to the young Princes in the Tower. Eventually, Henry Tudor, a descendant of the union of the Owen Tudor and Katherine, widow of Henry V, decided to challenge the kingship of Richard III.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a Tudor Tale 1 Jan 2012
By Mrs. D. J. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book was written over 50 years ago, so I suppose we must make some allowances for light that has been shed on past events between now and then, but still, there were a number of silly errors in this book which didn't help its credibility: the pre-contract was with Eleanor Butler (nee Talbot) and for some odd reason the book gives her given name as Joan, and Edmund Tudor died of the plague and not in battle.

Overall the book follows a somewhat traditionalist stance, although Henry Tudor comes across as pretty cold and unlikeable. I wasn't convinced by some of the internal logic and some of the characterisation though. Anne Neville, for example. She is a figure we really don't know that much about, but it's hard to conceive she could be as simple and naive as she is portrayed here! Barnes does try it on a bit with trying to make us wonder if 'Perkin' is really Richard of York (and here the historical novelist has licence, because we really don't know!), despite having Bess keep adamantly stating that she knows her brothers are dead. We're also told that Elizabeth Woodville believes they died, which might lead one to question why she would have a finger in a rebellion against her daughter as queen consort? And if everybody really believed this, why did Sir William Stanley lose his head for saying he wouldn't fight against 'Perkin' if he was really a son of Edward IV - and that is in the historical record as well as this novel. There's an awful lot about Bess believing both Richard and Henry have potentially been culpable in acts of murder, but she herself in this novel is guilty of an act of treachery that is at least as bad!

Not a badly written novel, but I found it frustrating overall!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read 8 Feb 2014
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This book was a good read but she took liberties with history which i don't like and she got some facts quite wrong ie the title wars of the roses was a victorian invention and she leant heavily on the white and red roses. If you like a historical tale and are not too bothered by the facts then it was a very reasonable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 Dec 2013
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I have just finished reading this book and had always wondered who Elizabeth, Henry vii mother was and where she came from.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bringing History to Life 19 Oct 2011
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I read this book on the heels of finishing Philippa Gregory's book The White Queen, about Elizabeth Woodville, mother to the central character in this book, Elizabeth of York. At first I was comparing it to Gregory's book. That was a mistake. This author has a very different style so it's impossible to compare the two. It took a while for me to get into this book. Once I did I found it to be an interesting portrait of a queen. She portrayed Elizabeth of York in a very human light. She came across as multi-dimensional, likable, and sympathetic. It explored some interesting topics like how Elizabeth might have reacted to the "pretender" who claimed to be her long lost brother Richard, Duke of York. I would've given the book a higher rating if it hadn't dragged at the beginning and If the depiction of Henry VII hadn't been so one-dimensional.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened before Henry VIII? 7 Sep 2011
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Although I know a lot about Henry VIII and afterwards, and was aware of the war of the roses and the cousins' in-fighting, it was really good to get this side of the story in such detail. I suggest you read the Red and White Queens first and then this and it all falls in place. As an avid Jean Plaidy reader in my youth, I liked the styles of these different authors who seem to keep to the historical facts, just surmising when there is a gap. All 3 books an excellent read and I found it hard to put each one down whilst reading, even though you know the characters are long since dead!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you love this era, you will love this book.
Published 1 month ago by Alison
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor Rose
Found it extremely interesting and thoroughly enjoyed it so I read other books on the same subject. It makes the history come alive
Published 2 months ago by Glenda Liess
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought this for my Mum who just adores historical books and enjoyed reading this one. She reads all of Phillipa Gregory books but loved this one too
Published 3 months ago by Ruth Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars historical novel
Great read, I only allow myself two chapters a night so I dont finish it too quick. Totally emerse in the story
Published 5 months ago by daph
4.0 out of 5 stars great historical novel
A great read for anyone who likes historical novels. I could imagine it as a period drama on the TV.
Published 7 months ago by Sian
3.0 out of 5 stars debs
Well written but there seemed to be alot of history missing and parts where you didn't get the feelings of the main character
Published 9 months ago by Debs
5.0 out of 5 stars Good page turner
I read lots of history books from this period and again enjoyed this age old story told by a different author a good read
Published 9 months ago by toni jan grist
1.0 out of 5 stars tudor rose
very boring book hard to read other writer's have done a better job of writing historical novels such as these
Published 10 months ago by Billary
3.0 out of 5 stars Tudor Rose
An enjoyable read but not in the same league as Phillipa Gregory or Alison Weir. I would still recommend this book.
Published 11 months ago by joan callaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book
this is a greate book for tudor lovers it gets you into the heart of the tudor world a book to be recomended
Published 12 months ago by Beverley Green
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